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Hate Speech: Owaisi Moves HC to Quash FIRs Against Him

MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi, who faces charges of making "hate speech", today moved the Andhra Pradesh High Court seeking quashing of FIRs filed against him, even as the BJP accused the Andhra Pradesh government of going soft on him.

Owaisi, who has been booked at three police stations, arrived from London this morning at the airport where a large number of his supporters had gathered.

His counsel immediately filed an application at Nirmal police in Adilabad district seeking four days' time to appear before the police citing health grounds.

A few hours later, the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen MLA, who is also his party's floor leader in the Andhra Pradesh state assembly, moved a petition through his counsel in the High Court contending that he has been implicated in these cases due to political reasons.

In his petition, Owaisi's counsel claimed that, "He is an MLA and he is available to the investigation at any time and that there is no need to arrest him.

"Despite the police registering suo-motu cases at Nirmal and Nizamabad police stations, more complaints were being lodged at different places and he sought quashing of all the FIRs registered in Andhra Pradesh," he counsel said in his petition.

The High Court posted the matter to January 9.

Senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu accused the Congress of going soft on Owaisi's MIM as both are still alliance partners in Hyderabad and hit out against the Andhra Pradesh government for allegedly failing to take prompt action over his alleged "hate speech".

"Why this delay in taking action? Why this lenient attitude when there is universal condemnation of his highly objectionable comments? It is the Congress which helped MIM grow? They still share power in Hyderabad corporation. Is this the reason why they are soft," he told reporters here.

MIM had recently withdrawn support to the Congress both at the Centre and state, but both the parties continue to share power in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). 

Earlier, one of Owaisi's counsel appeared before the investigation officer of Nirmal (Rural) Police and submitted the application seeking four days' time for his appearance. The police which issued an acknowledgement, however, has yet to take a decision on Owaisi's request.

A senior police officer told PTI from Adilabad that Owaisi did not turn up before them, though one of his counsel represented the MIM leader. "We are discussing his request," the police officer said.

When asked about Owaisi's "failure" to appear before the police despite being served a notice, the police officer said that "It is the prerogative of the investigating officer (IO) of the Nirmal police, on how the course of investigation will proceed".

The police, who anticipated trouble in view of Owaisi's appearance in Nirmal town, had clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC, even as scores of BJP workers demanding his immediate arrest held demonstrations and tried to lay seige to the police station, while Owaisi's counsel reached there.

The police resorted to mild caning to disperse protesting BJP workers, even as shops and business establishments remained closed in Nirmal town.

Similar protests were held by the BJP and its front organisations in Adilabad, Hyderabad and Nizamabad, as well as other districts demanding his arrest.

The police also took into custody 15 protesters for violating prohibitory orders. 

Meanwhile, Akbaruddin Owaisi's brother and MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi said they are not going to run away from the situation.

Earlier, Akbaruddin Owaisi was accorded a grand reception by his party workers and hundreds of supporters after his arrival at the Shamshabad airport here, early morning. A medical team from Owaisi Hospital also went to his house in Banjara Hills and examined him.

Akbaruddin Owaisi, who represents the Chandrayangutta assembly constituency, has been booked under IPC Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, language etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs).

He has also been booked under IPC Section 121 (waging or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India).

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9/D-84
Jan 08, 2013
01:38 PM

Wrongone,

>> are you defending Owaisi....

Only an idiot would think I am defending Owaisi! I must have posted at least half a dozen comments condemning him.

Anwaar, Dallas
8/D-81
Jan 08, 2013
01:17 PM

"His counsel immediately filed an application at Nirmal police in Adilabad district seeking four days' time to appear before the police citing health grounds."

So sad. Aache acche koo hota - videsh, woh phi aangrezoon key desh kii shudh hava paani key baad desh kii badbudaar hava, ghanda paani aur aankhon koo dard dene wali ghandgi dekh kar hota hai - paet tho minimum karab hota hi hai. Of course, jail key baare mein sooch kar tho aur bhi bahut kuch hota hai - blood pressure, diabetes, heart problem. Doctors bolte hain desi aadmi tho waise bhi predisposed hai - aur aap tho VVIP type desi admi hoo - aur zayada predisposed hoo. Waise photo mein tho aap thandorast aur aache mood mein dikh rahen hoo. Kya hua - ghar (woh bhi mercedes ya bmw ya audi mein banjara hills) jayate tak mein hee phaat gayi kya.

Waise, my guess is we are making a big deal unnecessarily - like most of our cousins to the west of us, you are also full of bravado, machismo, empty threats, fire and brimstone in speech (BTW, this is a problem in most of the 3rd world including our very own desh but the vast expanse of the 3rd world to the west of us is the best at this impotence and rage emanating from it - blank firing so to speak) - just keep getting beaten up and crying victimhood. In the rage as a response to impotence most that is done is beat up your own people to show power (or have two aam-admi groups of your own fight to display power) - many times parking oneself in safe 1st world locales.

There is a saying "Ghar mein Sher bahar mein billi".

"In his petition, Owaisi's counsel claimed that, "He is an MLA and he is available to the investigation at any time and that there is no need to arrest him."

Basically, your counsel is saying, MLA hai (in other words VVIP hai) - so why arrest? Argument mein koi dam nahin hai. Counsel badal loo. Waise desh mein zaroor chal sakta hai, kyun kii yahan law machinery aur bhi impotent hai, har aadmi kii kimaat hai - koi na koi doctor tho aap ko certificate dey hee dega - medical problem - yaa phir "temporary moment of insanity".

Boy how I miss late night comedy shows of the US. Roasting the powers that be and guys like this while having a good laugh.

Arun Maheshwari, Bangalore
7/D-59
Jan 08, 2013
11:42 AM

 "Such a sissy pu$$y. He wants to wipe out a hundred crore hindus, but complains of back pain and ill health when summoned for questioning."

I also wonder why this sissy wants the police removed for 15 minutes. He is not afraid of 100 crore hindus but is afraid of a few lakh policemen?? 

Kiran Bagachi, mumbai
6/D-50
Jan 08, 2013
10:08 AM

 Dear All especially Hyderabadis,

I have been intringued by the postings of Vamsi in another thread. 

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However, we did not have any communal clashes in the past 15 years and whatever minor incidents happened occurred in old city and did not spread. If Owaisi desires, he can make sure that Old City remains a Tinderbox.
 

Is this picture really true? That Owaisis are responsible for relative lack of clashes in the last 15 years?  If it is not true, why is there such a perception? 

All I can say is thank God, Dawood is not in Bombay. Otherwise he will get credit for relative peace in Mumbai. 

R. Saroja
Bombay, India
5/D-44
Jan 08, 2013
09:23 AM

Anwar are you defending Owaisi and doing the Greatest harm to your clan ,by standing up for a Anti National like Owaisi ,whats so dam disgusting is that jokers stand up for a Mongrel who has driven the Muslims into a hole and all for those 7 seats in Old city.

You cant be calling others with similiar views be it Modi or Balasaheb names when they openly show displeasure against a particular community.

You cant run with hares and hunt with the hounds.Muslims have lost it completely by allowing likes of Rahman khan (looted Wakf land in karnataka) and Owaisi who sought prime land in Hyderabad for Deccan Medical College to get away by using the Muslim Vote Bank to loot and divide,

wrongone, chennai
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